In 1866 a single individual, Oliver Hudson Kelley, was shocked by the ignorance of sound agricultural practices, and began an organization—the Patrons of Husbandry—to bring farmers together for educational discussions and social purposes. This organization was divided into local units called “Granges.” By the mid-1870s nearly every state had at least one Grange, and national membership reached close to 800,000. What drew most farmers to the Granger movement was the need for unified action against monopolistic railroads and grain elevators (often owned by the railroads) that charged exorbitant rates for handling and transporting farmers’ crops and other agricultural products.
Fast forward to 2019 and City Grange: A much-needed hub for the earth-honoring- relationship-empowering-good-to-grow movement. A place where education, community and solidarity exist so local food systems and urban agriculture can flourish. Simply. Beautifully. Joyfully.